Ellis County treasurer Cheryl Chambers was one of 24 county officials who completed Leadership 254, a 14-month-long Texas Association of Counties leadership development program is designed specifically for county officials, in April.

Leadership 254 class participants represented each county office and came from rural, suburban and urban counties across the state. This was the program’s inaugural class. County officials had to apply to attend.

TAC provided scholarships to participants for the tuition fees for this program.

Attendees completed all required training elements, which included four training modules over the course of 14 months and 79 hours of classroom and experiential training exercises.

Leadership 254 is designed to advance the leadership skills of county officials to help them to meet the unique challenges of their duties. The program’s curriculum challenged officials to grow as leaders through skills assessments, discussion, theory building, self-examination and experiential learning. Module materials focused on exploring new dimensions of one’s self and relating to others; decision making, integrity, and civility; leading others; and transformational leadership.